Monday, November 8, 2010

My Town Monday: Child #4 Recommends Serendipity 3 in New York City

Serendipity 3, a fun, well-known, overpriced restaurant + giftshop built in 1954, is located on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. Child #4 and I walked here following an exciting morning at Random House where we were treated like princesses and met all sorts of wonderful RH people, many of whom are associated with the I So Don't Do series. Certainly we did not need any more treats after the RH reception, but we, uh, treated ourselves to more anyway!

Here's a so-so shot (taken with my Blackberry) when you first enter Serendipity 3. You can see some of the kitschy stuff for sale and the Tiffany lamps which are everywhere. You might recognize this restaurant from the movie Serendipity with Kate Beckinsale and John Cusack. (I am dying to meet the latter in real life. No doubt the feeling is mutual!) One Fine Day and Trust the Man each have scene filmed here, too. People who used to frequent Serendipity 3 include Marilyn Monroe and Andy Warhol.


Serendipity 3 is well known for it's Frrrozen Hot Chocolate. This is a picture of the one Child #4 and I split. I'm not sure where the "frozen" and the "hot" come in. However, it's made of 14 different chocolates and is pretty yummy. I'm not a huge chocolate fan, but Child #4 was extremely wowed. We will not discuss the calories! Anyway, apparently, Jackie O. wanted to serve Frrrozen Hot Chocolate at a function, but couldn't get hold of the recipe. It is available now, and I hunted it down just for you guys. The recipe for Serendipty 3's Frrrozen Hot Chocolate is right here.

Oh, you thought I was kidding when I said the restaurant was over priced? Here is a fancy schmancy hot dog (I can't believe I just typed that phrase) for a whopping $69 dollars! Child #4 and I did NOT order this. (I think if you click on the picture, it will enlarge enough to allow you to read the ingredients.)

Anyway, Serendipity 3 is certainly worth a visit. And a cup of Frrrozen Hot Chocolate. And perhaps a meal. But never a $69 hot dog. ;)

From freedictionary.com, serendipity is:

1. The faculty of making fortunate discoveries by accident.
2. The fact or occurrence of such discoveries.
3. An instance of making such a discovery.


Happy Monday to you all, wherever you may be! Here's the link to the official My Town Monday blog where you'll find great posts about other bloggers' corners of the world.




Sources:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Serendipity_3

http://www.serendipity3.com/main.htm

20 comments:

Reb said...

I just love the movie Serendipity (and the word). What a treat to be able to go there, the frozen hot chocolate sounds pretty good, but the dog... um, no thanks.

debra said...

I am a fan of chocolate---especially dark chocolate. This sounds rich. I think my @1 daughter (who is a student in NYC) has talked about Serendipity's desserts.

Teresa said...

Tell Child #4 thank you for the recommendation. The Frozen Hot Chocolate sounds scrumptious. I would not pay $69 for a hot dog, either, not even in New York.

Charles Gramlich said...

I hope they serve champagne with that hot dog.

Sarakastic said...

Looks like a fun trip!

Cid said...

Sounds like a fantastic day with your daughter. Forgot to ask earlier, were you a Havergal girl too?

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

I think I'd like to go just to SEE it someday.

Barrie said...

Reb: So good to see you here! The chocolate treat was very good. I just wish somebody at the table next to us had ordered the hot dog so that I could have seen it and photographed it for the blog!

Barrie said...

Debra: I'm sure there was an item on the menu for you! And I bet your daughter knows about Serendipity3. It's very popular in NYC.

Barrie said...

Cid: I was not. Unfortunately. ;(

Susan R. Mills said...

$69 for a hot dog????? Wow! Looks like a fun place though.

Travis Erwin said...

Beats a $69 dollar salad.

Mac and Cheese said...

Haute dog. Good grief!

Barrie said...

Mac and Cheese: Haute dog?! I love that expression!

Travis: I should've known you'd work a sald comment in there somehow!

Susan: It really is a fun place. I bet the hot dog is rarely ordered. I wish I'd thought to ask our server that question!

Green Girl: It's definitely worth the visit. Plus, it's close to Dylan's Candy Bar and FAO Schwarz and Bloomingdales.

Barrie said...

Sarkastic: It was the trip of a lifetime. We'll never forget it. ;)

Charles: Oh, that's a great idea! I should've asked them if the hot dog came with champagne. And a good year, at that!

CDS said...

Ms.Summy-
We are three seventh graders who attend a small school near the Wild Animal Park in San Diego. We are in a small book club with our librarian. We recently read I So Don't Do Mysteries and discovered that the location was right here where we live.It wwould be an honor if you would come visit us at our school. We would greatly appreciate a response and/or an email.(to keep in touch and visit with you.) We adored your firt book in the I So Don't Do.... series, and are looking forward to reading the sequel. Thank you and please respond to this blog by emailing us at our email address. If you need it, please contact us.
Sincerely, The Seventh Grade Book Club

Sarah Laurence said...

My child #2 agrees! I remember going to several birthday parties at Serendipity while growing up in NYC. Now my mom takes her granddaughter.

Barrie said...

Hello Bookclubbers at CDS: I don't have an email for you. So....email me at: barrie.summy@gmail.com. THANK YOU!

Barrie said...

Sarah: I can see how a birthday party at Serendipity 3 would amazing! I think my child #4 would be in absolutely heaven!

Gabriele Goldstone said...

I love chocolate, so it's a good thing I missed that place when I was in NYC back in May. My Louisiana companions were excellent, though, in finding bargains (and bagels).

Sounds like an awesome experience to have shared with your daughter. That was my big regret - my daughters would have loved NYC.